It takes investment to succeed, and ASAP invests in its students. ASAP provides several incentives to remove financial barriers to full-time college study. For students who are eligible for financial aid, any gap between the student’s financial aid award and tuition and fees is waived so there is no cost to attend college. All students also receive monthly New York City MTA MetroCards and additional financial assistance to help defray the cost of textbooks.
COMPREHENSIVE AND PERSONALIZED ADVISEMENT
ASAP students receive the mentoring and guidance they need to succeed. Each student is assigned an experienced advisor who meets with the student regularly and provides comprehensive academic, social, and interpersonal support. The advisor carefully guides each student’s progress, steering students to make wise decisions about how to get the most out of their college experience, how to strategically plan for their futures, and how to address personal challenges. For ASAP students who choose to pursue further study after completing an associate degree, advisors support the selection, application, and transfer process to an appropriate baccalaureate program.
FULL-TIME STUDY AND AVAILABLE MAJORS
All ASAP students are required to maintain full-time status (minimum 12 credits per semester) and are strongly encouraged to take classes during winter and summer sessions to accelerate movement towards graduation. ASAP supports most majors that can be completed within three years. All colleges offer an array of programs leading to the Associate in Arts (A.A.), Associate in Science (A.S.), or Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.). Available majors are selected based on projected job growth in New York City and transferability to four-year colleges. To view the available majors and degrees at each college, please visit ASAP college websites.
CONSOLIDATED COURSE SCHEDULE
It can be challenging for community college students to balance a college schedule with the demands of work and family. Each college provides a range of scheduling options designed so that ASAP students can attend classes in a convenient morning, afternoon, or evening block of time that is compatible with their demanding schedules.
ASAP students take the majority of their first-year classes in small, close-knit cohorts of 25 students who move through the program together by major. This connected community helps students develop close and supportive relationships with one another and their instructors. Students also participate in the ASAP Seminar, a weekly non-credit advisement program facilitated by ASAP staff. In the second year of study, students take required classes with some of their fellow ASAP students as well as the general college population and continue to attend the ASAP Seminar.
ACADEMIC SUPPORT SERVICES
Throughout the academic year, skilled tutors are available to give ASAP students an added academic boost and to help them realize their full potential. Depending on the college, tutors are available to provide general subject area support. Regular interaction between faculty and advisors ensures that students who need additional support are guided to tutoring and other academic resources as early as possible. Many ASAP programs have dedicated space for homework assistance, study groups, and scheduled review sessions for individual courses.
ASAP career and employment specialists are available at each college to help students develop their career goals from the moment they are accepted into the program. ASAP career and employment specialists deliver workshops on interviewing and job skills as part of the ASAP Seminar, assist with the creation of resumes and cover letters, and help students shape long-term goals including consideration of internships and future academic study. Students who require employment are placed in an appropriate job situation to allow them to take a full-time course load. ASAP career and employment specialists work with advisors to provide all students with support in transferring to a 4-year college and/or entering the workforce as they near graduation.